This Tuesday, Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bayram in Turkey/North Cyrpus) – the Festival of Sacrifice, with the sacrifice of a ram, which is shared amongst family, friends and the poor. The sacrifice of a ram (lamb, goat, cow or camel) honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah’s command. Allah intervened and provided a lamb to Ibrahim to sacrifice instead of his son.
In Turkey and North Cyprus, we say “Bayraminiz kutlu olsun” meaning “Happy Bayram” and wish family, friends, in fact whomever we meet the season’s greetings. Muslims from other countries say a greeting of “Eid Mubarek”.
We celebrate by wearing new clothes, visiting family and friends and we always have a big family feast. This year, my brother and I shall get together with our children and it’s a double celebration as it coincides with my niece’s birthday. Mubarek Kurban Bayramınız kutlu olsun to you all!